September Baseball!

I’ve had a great year playing fantasy baseball thus far.  I have a few teams in contention in some good season-long leagues, and I won about $1500 playing daily fantasy baseball at Fanduel last week.  The only bad thing, the Orioles are a little bit horrendous of late.  We still have a shot to sneak into the playoffs, but it seems to look a little less likely by the day.  Just not our year, I guess.

I thought it would be a good time to put up some daily fantasy baseball picks and to spruce up this site a little bit.  I always wanted more from this site, but simply haven’t had the time.  And unlike most other things in my life, I could never outsource any content on this site.  Being a father and playing daily fantasy baseball are simply not for outsourcing.  Having five lawyers working for me and having two kids I work for don’t leave me a lot of room in life.

However, I’ve got to be engaged in fantasy baseball on a daily basis anyway, so I figure why not post some picks while I’m at it.  I’m going to play virtually everyday in September, and I’m going to do so with some rules.  I’m starting with $1000 and using a daily fantasy baseball bankroll management strategy.  10% in play each night.  25% in each of the following:  a large tourney, a 5 or 10 team league, a 3 or 5 team league, and a head to head.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for 9/1/15

Tonight is all about finding deep value so you can start Sale – at least in head to heads and smaller leagues.  In larger leagues, you might think everyone is doing that and switch up the strategy, hoping the Twins get to Sale.  (If you do make that bold move, I’d recommend Brian Dozier, as he has had some success against Sale in the past.)

For deep value ($2500 or less), here’s what I’ve got:

  • Evan Longoria – homered last night and has murdered Tillman’s pitching in the past with a lot of plate appearances
  • Josh Reddick – seeing the ball better of late, walking, favorable lefty-righty tonight against a weak pitcher
  • Marwin Gonzalez – most people missed the boat on this guy, who is now starting to hit pretty consistently
  • Matt Weiters – hitting from the right side against Smyly and due for a break out.

Generally, in daily fantasy baseball tournaments, I like to start guys who you wouldn’t be shocked to see hit two homeruns.  Marwin doesn’t fall into that category, but the others do.  If they hit two dingers you say, “Oh, good night.”  If Marwin does, you say, “Oh, career night.”

Good luck to all playing daily fantasy baseball tonight and all September.

 

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks and a Busy Life

I’m glad I discovered Daily Fantasy baseball this year.  It’s been fun.  I’ve won quite a bit, despite a relatively long streak where I couldn’t seem to get anything going.

I made daily fantasy baseball picks quite a few times.  It’s time consuming to do it right.  Doing it right means a lot of research.  Originally, I thought I would be able to do it most days.  Then I realized daily fantasy baseball picks twice a week would be time consuming enough.  I do, after all, have a job.  I actually already have multiple jobs.

Lately, my work has been so busy that it’s damn near impossible.  With work, more work, and a baby on the way, I’m going to put daily fantasy baseball on the shelf for now.

I will certainly be back for playoff fantasy baseball for money.  Playoff baseball is awesome.  Combining it with sites like Fanduel, Daily Joust and DraftDay just makes it that much better.  I think the playoff version has a real future.  I think DFB sites will essentially eliminate other playoff fantasy baseball sites.

The baby isn’t due for a few more months.  Work was really the catalyst.  Beyond that, football season is upon us.  The overlap that September and October brings makes it by far the best sports time of the year, in my opinion.  I do have three year long fantasy football leagues that I’m a part of.  Moreover, I plan on making weekly fantasy football picks to play on weekly sites, often the same sites as baseball.

So, without further ado… Have a good rest of the baseball season, a great playoffs, and a good year in football.  Enjoy.  See you on the regular next April.

August 30, 2012

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

Pitching

  • Clayton Kershaw – He dominated last year’s second half.  He might repeat for the Cy Young.  He’s 2-1 with a 2.63 era over his last three starts.  His splits indicate a 2.27 at home, where he is tonight against the Diamondbacks.  Pitching is the key to success tonight, with a short lineup.  You can win daily fantasy baseball heads up games with just a top starter.  You can also pick Matt Moore tonight.  You can even pick Greinke at home vs. the Bo Sox.  I’m going with Kershaw because of his home era and his good career record vs. the DBacks.

Hitting

  • Yadier Molina – The law of averages almost makes me want to stay away from it.  Molina is 7-8 lifetime with a homerun against Nationals starter Edwin Jackson.  Think Molina see the ball pretty well off of him?

Lineup Stack

  • Giants– This is as much about betting against someone as it is betting on someone.  I’ve got to go against Astros starter Lyles tonight.  He hasn’t been awful – 4.24 with 13 K’s in his last three starts – but he han’t been great.  Furthermore, I spent much of the budget on Kershaw, meaning I need a relatively cheap lineup.  The Giants fit this better than most.  Considered the Royals, but nobody stands out against Porcello.  I also considered the Nats against Cards lefty Garcia, but they are simply too expensive.  I am rounding out the roster with Morse, though.

Value

I’m reaching to guys like Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco.

Pick of the Day

  • Kershaw